Student mobility trends and Erasmus stands out in EAIE 2015 session themes

European Association for International Education (EAIE) annual conference 2015 will take place in Glasgow from Sept 15-18. The 2014 conference in Prague attracted over 5000 participants from more than 90 countries around the world. Follow the tweets from the conference with #EAIE2015 .

Here is the word-cloud of top 50 words from the titles of 151 sessions. “Students” and “mobility” are dominant with “Erasmus” and “Erasmus+”. Any thoughts/comments on what else stands out and why?

innovation in internationalisation, MOOCs and China at EAIE 2015 Glasgow

I’m honored to be chairing three sessions at EAIE in Glasgow on innovation, MOOCs, and China. The co-presenters are experts in their field and will bring a diverse, insightful and provocative perspectives on different topics. Here is are the session details:

Wednesday September 16, 2015 from 15:30-17:00
IRM Feature Session: Real Innovation in Internationalisation of Higher Education
(This is the opening session for International Relations Managers (IRM), a Professional Section for leaders involved in strategic planning related to campus internationalisation, international development and the management of all international education activities at their institutions.) In an environment of increasing complexity, changing student demands and decreasing budgets, infusing innovation in internationalisation can have far-reaching impact in differentiating and shaping the future of an institution. This interactive session will discuss a range of innovative strategies and models that advance global engagement with a focus on what works and what doesn’t.

  • Ramon Ellenbroek, Coordinator Non Degree Mobility Unit, International Office, VU University, The Netherlands
  • Robin Goldberg, Chief Experience Officer,  Minerva Project, US
  • Mark Thomas,  Associate Dean and Director of International Affairs, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France

Thursday September 17, 2015 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
China’s Opportunities for Europe’s Higher Education Institutions and Students
China is fast becoming an important destination for international students, and many Chinese universities have made significant efforts to enhance international programmes by improving or increasing English-medium instruction, campus services and the number of available scholarships. In this session, speakers from various institutions will discuss new developments in China and present their experiences and best practices in cooperating with Chinese universities.

  • Dongmin Mao, Deputy Director of Division for International Students, Department of International Cooperation and Exchanges, Ministry of Education, China
  • Wa Zong, Deputy Secretary-General, China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE)

Friday September 18, 2015 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
How Can MOOCs Benefit On-Campus Students? 
European Association for International Education Institutions of higher education have moved beyond debating whether or not to accept MOOCs to devising ways of incorporating them into their pedagogical strategies. This session will present current MOOC trends and explore operational learning models that adapt MOOCs into vehicles that enhance the quality of education for on-campus students.

  • Henning Haack, Associate Professor, Head of teaching at the Natural History Museum, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Gregor Kennedy, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Educational Innovation),  Professor in the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne, Australia

Look forward to conversations at the conference and on twitter @DrEducationBlog.

Dr. Rahul Choudaha